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Antioxidant and Coloring Characteristics of Muicle (Justicia spicigera)

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Muicle (Justicia spicigera) is a plant that has been used in Mexico for centuries due to its coloring and medicinal properties. Several studies have shown that some properties are attributed to this plant, including cytotoxic activity against leukemia cells, breast cancer, immunomodulatory capacity [1], [2]; antitumor and anti-diabetic [3],[4]. Muicle has an important content of flavonoids [5], this makes it a good option as a natural colorant with antioxidant properties for use in Food and cosmetic industry with strategical technologies to maintain the colour and bioactive properties of this plant. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of moisture content and extraction method on some physicochemical and antioxidant characteristics of J. spicigera extracts. Results Conclusions. For the phenolic compounds content, antioxidant capability and color properties is a good option for the manufacture of functional foods and natural drugs. Acknowledgements. Itzamna Baqueiro Pena is grateful to CONACyT
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